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Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath
     

Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath

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by Graham Salisbury
 

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What's stinkier than dog breath? Hawaii's Calvin Coconut is on a mission to find out!

Hawaii boy Calvin Coconut is a fourth-grade whiz kid: he has convinced his mom to let him adopt a dog. But Mom says Streak smells bad. Especially her breath. To Calvin, Streak’s stink is a good one, but he’s worried. If he doesn’t come up with a way to

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What's stinkier than dog breath? Hawaii's Calvin Coconut is on a mission to find out!

Hawaii boy Calvin Coconut is a fourth-grade whiz kid: he has convinced his mom to let him adopt a dog. But Mom says Streak smells bad. Especially her breath. To Calvin, Streak’s stink is a good one, but he’s worried. If he doesn’t come up with a way to deal with Streak’s zoo breath soon, Mom might make him give his dog back to the shelter. So when his teacher assigns the class a discovery project, Calvin teams up with his pal Julio to find a way to fix Streak’s bad breath.
Zoo Breath is full of fun . . . and great stinks. Calvin Coconut’s discoveries will delight readers who have grown to love him, as well as those new to this series by Graham Salisbury, with charming illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers.


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Calvin Coconut investigates the severity of canine odors for his elementary school assignment. He's convinced his mother will force him to give up his beloved smelly dog and hopes to justify her odiferous existence. The innovative child tries numerous tactics to minimize the dog's smell, including brushing those doggie teeth with a toothbrush unknowingly donated by Calvin's high-strung teenage babysitter. The overload of bathroom humor will elicit numerous "ewws" and gags along the way, but the fourth grader also demonstrates a fledgling maturity as he struggles to relate to his absentee father. The Hawaiian landscape provides a unique angle, and supportive adult characters encourage Calvin as he juggles classroom expectations with family relationships. Punchy dialogue relies on regional slang to reflect the school-centered dynamics. Rogers's liberal black-and-white drawings utilize shading and nimble lines to support each lively chapter. This latest entry relies heavily on the "ick" factor and combines gross-out humor with a bit of heart.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375897399
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Series:
Calvin Coconut
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Graham Salisbury is the author of three Calvin Coconut books—Trouble Magnet, The Zippy Fix, and Dog Heaven—as well as several novels for older readers, including the award-winning Lord of the Deep, Blue Skin of the Sea, Under the Blood-Red Sun, Eyes of the Emperor, House of the Red Fish, and Night of the Howling Dogs. Graham Salisbury grew up in Hawaii. Calvin Coconut and his friends attend the same school Graham did—Kailua Elementary School. Graham now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family. Visit him on the Web at www.grahamsalisbury.com.
 
 
Jacqueline Rogers has illustrated more than ninety books for young readers over the past twenty years. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. You can visit her at www.jacquelinerogers.com.
 
 


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Zoo Breath (Calvin Coconut Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I'ts a great and halrious book.(: